Tuesday, 13 June 2017

British military's Dhekelia base in Cyprus hit by 'grenade' blast

A blast at a British base on the southeast coast of Cyprus has injured a police officer.
The explosion struck the Dhekelia garrison before dawn on Tuesday.

The Cyprus Mail reported a grenade had been thrown by a man on a motorbike.

Police spokesperson Kristian Gray said investigations were ongoing and authorities are viewing the explosion as a criminal case.

"The building suffered no structural damage, just a broken window," he added.

A source told the AFP news agency that the attack could be related to the involvement of the base's police in a crackdown on illegal bird trapping.
It reported it came after bird trappers had been handed a "heavy fine" by a court.

More than two million migratory birds are slaughtered each year on the island.

Cyprus became an independent republic, free from British colonial rule, in 1960, but the UK retains two bases which remain British sovereign territory and house military headquarters.

SKY         News.